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OZ INVITE TO PRELIMINARY HEARING.

A gilt-edged printed invitation to the preliminary hearing into the School kids Oz obscenity charge, held at Marylebone Magistrates Court on October 1st, 1970. Printed in black and grey on thin white card, decorated with a pale green border and gilt edges. 9x11.5cm.


The invite to 'the first of a series of Obscene Courtroom Dramas' was mailed out to Oz subscribers and sympathisers, suggesting 'Fancy Dress optional' and R.S.V.P. Obscene Publications Office, New Scotland Yard. The three editors dressed up in schoolboy attire for the occasion, hired from a theatrical costumier's, and the public gallery was packed as a result of the invitation (though the underground press were banned). Afterwards, as Neville recalled in his memoir, Hippie Hippie Shake, the trio returned to the Oz office and smoked a joint.


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